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ROSE NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

UK

 

THE BEST ROSE GARDENS

Castle Howard

The following Rose Gardens have been chosen by the Mail On Line Gardening as the Best In Britain.  

Well worth a visit. MOTTISFONT ABBEY, HAMPSHIRE

Two large walled gardens filled with historic roses like gallicas and damasks, beautifully combined with perennials (above). Open daily, 10am-5pm (10am-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, until 30 June), entry £8.10 (free to National Trust members). www.nationaltrust.org.uk

CASTLE HOWARD, YORK

Forever associated with Brideshead Revisited, Castle Howard also has a glorious garden with many old-fashioned roses and an outstanding collection of more than 2,000 modern varieties, set within a lovely walled garden. Open daily, 10am-5.30pm, entry £8.50. www.castlehoward.co.uk

MALLENY GARDEN, EDINBURGH

Delightful three-acre walled garden with a national collection of 19th-century shrub roses, beautifully laid out. Open daily, 10am-5pm, entry £3.50 (free to NT members). www.nts.org.uk

SUDELEY CASTLE, WINCHCOMBE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Flanked by yews, this garden, on the site of a Tudor parterre, has over 70 varieties of roses and offers magnificent views of the Cotswolds countryside. Open daily, 10.30am-5pm, entry £5. www.sudeleycastle.co.uk

THE ALNWICK GARDEN, ALNWICK, NORTHUMBERLAND

An impressive garden with pergolas, arbours and beds filled with shrubs and climbers, including 3,000 David Austin roses. Open daily, 10am-6pm, entry £12 (valid for a year). www.alnwick garden.com

QUEEN MARY’S ROSE GARDEN, REGENT’S PARK, LONDON

Named after the Queen’s grandmother, this garden is packed with climbers, ramblers and shrub roses. There are also fountains, a rock garden and herbaceous borders, making it a great place for a picnic on a warm summer’s day. Open dawn to dusk, entry free. www.royalparks.gov.uk

DRUM CASTLE, DRUMOAK, ABERDEENSHIRE

Planted in 1991, this walled garden is divided into four quadrants, representing roses from the past four centuries, and boasts 400 varieties. Open daily, 11am-5pm, entry £9.50 (free to NT members). www.nts.org.uk

COUGHTON COURT, ALCESTER, WARWICKSHIRE

The Rose Labyrinth has over 200 varieties and is particularly strong on historic roses such as albas and noisettes. Open Wednesday-Sunday (and Tuesdays in July and August), 11am-5pm, entry £5.90 (£2.50 to NT members). www.coughtoncourt.co.uk

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Mar 18 • 2012 • GardenGraftedGrowingRose BedsRose GardenRose NewsRose PlantingSpecial Rose

ROSE NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

UK

YORK

 

The Souvenir d’Anne Frank Commemorative Rose

A VERY special rose has been used to commemorate an important date in York’s history.

Yesterday marked the anniversary of when almost 500 of York’s Jewish community perished in the pogrom of 1190 .

Beginning in late 1189, Catholics goaded and envenomed by the coming Crusades In the Holy Land, form roving mobs and rehearse their fanaticism by attacking and murdering Jews. In September 1189, 30 Jews are murdered to mark the coronation of King Richard I the Lionheart. That massacre would prove to be a mere warm-up act for the carnage of March 18 the following year, when Jews are killed by the hundreds in York but also at Lynn, at Stamford fair, and at Norwich. Dozens of Jews commit suicide to avoid being murdered.

The massacre was remembered with a rose-planting ceremony at Tower Gardens.

The Souvenir d’Anne Frank rose was sent to York by Kenji Yamamuro, from Japan. The rose has been grafted from a flower sent to Japan by Anne Frank’s father, Otto Frank, to a young Japanese girl, Michiko Otsuki, who was a reader of Anne’s Diary, in the 1970s. From that one rose, grafts were taken by Michiko’s uncle, Mr Yamamuro, and sent all over Japan, to be planted and nurtured by children, as a living reminder of Anne and her longing for a peaceful world.

         Children from Knavesmire Primary School attended yesterday’s ceremony, singing a song with words by Anne, and hanging poems they had written on to a cut out “Remembering Tree” created for the occasion.

The rose was sent as part of the Souvenir d'Anne Frank project, a new theatre and music work, which will be touring to York Theatre Royal later this month.

BERWICK

JUBILEE GARDEN GETS A NEW LOOK

Councillor Jennifer Waterhouse 

A £15,000 revamp of the Rose Gardens has been agreed by Berwick Town Council as part of its contribution towards the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

The gardens, part of Flagstaff Park which nestles beneath the town’s Elizabethan Walls, were created for the Queen’s coronation in 1952.

However the area has begun to look a little tired in recent years and Berwick Town Council was keen to see it given a makeover.

Councillor Jennifer Waterhouse, speaking at a meeting of the council’s environment and regeneration committee, said: “This is a project we have been talking about for such a long time that we now need to go ahead and get it done.”

Councillor John Robertson, chairman, added: “It sounds a lot of money but Flagstaff Park has historical significance given that it was created to celebrate the Queen’s coronation.”

A local designer has put together some initial suggestions of how it could be revamped.

These include two metal archways at the entrance to the Rose Gardens which would have roses growing over them.

It is also planned to replant the rose beds, tidy up the hedgerows and introduce other plants such as geraniums and lavender.

In the part of the garden where there is currently a circular footpath it is proposed to put a new path straight across the grassed area, lined by low-lying shrubs. A flagpole has been suggested as its centrepiece.

Town clerk Sue Finch said: “The Rose Gardens are very much part of Berwick’s history but they have been looking very tired so we are looking at a combination of replanting and general tidying up.

“All the planting would be low maintenance and Northumberland County Council has said it will meet the costs of the labour.”

It is also proposed to relocate the bench seating on Marygate to the Rose Garden.

Members agreed to meet the cost of the project from town council reserves.

It is hoped the work will be completed for the diamond jubilee anniversary celebrations on June 4 when a party will be held on The Parade, hopefully followed by a procession along the town walls to the beacon - situated just above the Rose Gardens.

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Mar 02 • 2012 • AnniversaryEarthGrowMemorialPlantedRose GardenRose NewsRose Show

Rose News From Around The World

UK

NEW MEMORIAL ROSE GARDEN FOR DOVER

A ROSE garden will grow as a permanent memorial to the 193 men, women and children who died when the ill-fated Herald of Free Enterprise capsized off Zeebrugge 25 years ago.

Dover mayor Ronnie Philpott and the Reverend David Ridley, the vicar of St Mary's, turned the first spade of earth at the site at the rear of the Gateway flats last Friday. Twenty-five white rose bushes are expected to be planted at the plot in time for the memorial service at St Mary's on Tuesday.

Mr Ridley said: "There has never really been anywhere outside in Dover as a place for people to come and remember except for Whitfield Woods.

"The seafront is close to the port and so it seemed the appropriate place for it to be. As this is the 25th anniversary it also seemed a suitable time to do something."

Dover District Council donated the land and will plant the rose bushes while Dover Town Council will carry out the maintenance.

Mr Ridley added: "The roses should be in by March 6, in time for the service and, if not, then we will plant the first roses on that day."

Cllr Philpott added: "This is very important for the people of Dover as a mark of respect for the 25th anniversary.

"It is somewhere people can come every day of the year to remember their loved ones and reflect on things in general.

"It has a nice view of the sea and it is lovely that there are benches so people can sit down."

A remembrance service will be held at St Mary's, which has the names of those who died listed on a tablet at the foot of a memorial window, at 2.30pm on Tuesday with the Bishop of Dover, the Right Reverend Trevor Willmott, preaching.

Stars made of card will be signed by all those who want to leave messages and those messages, which will then be transcribed into a book of remembrance.

After the service, at 4.30pm, there will be a reunion for seafarers and family members in the parish centre followed by a dedication at the rose garden, which is at the site of the former fountain at the east end of the seafront gardens.

Following this, survivors and families of those who lost their lives will cast flowers into the water from the Prince of Wales Pier.

The church will be open from 10am to 6pm for those who wish to offer a silent prayer.

Dover mayor Ronnie Philpott and Councillor Sue Jones will also attend a memorial service on Sunday, March 4 in Zeebrugge.

The City Council of Bruges is inviting all survivors and families of those who died to the service, which starts at 9.30am.

To find out more e-mail [email protected]

AUSTRALIA

NEW VENUE FOR ROSE SHOW

 

The Barossa Rose and Floral Show has found a new home at Barossa Chateau at Lyndoch.

Mary Frick, secretary of the Australian Rose Society and a member of the Barossa Rose and Floral Show made the announcement at a celebration on Tuesday night.

Barossa Chateau was celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Queen opening the Barossa Chateau Rose Garden.

Queen Elizabeth II opened the garden in the year of her Golden Jubilee, on February 28, 2002.

Trevor Lang, David Ruston, Igor Moiseff, Dean Stringer and Tamara Moiseff, who all attended the garden opening ten years ago, joined in the anniversary celebrations.

A crowd of 110 attended to event, many of those from the rose fraternity, who were delighted to hear the news the Barossa Rose and Floral Show would call Barossa Chateau and the Rose Garden home.

Chateau owners Mark and Mandy Creed told the crowd they were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to reconnect the gardens of Lyndoch Hill and Barossa Chateau.

Lyndoch Hill covers about 15 acres, and once combined with Barossa Chateau, the overall area is around 25 acres.

About 22 acres of that is dedicated to gardens, so it has been returned to its original and intended design.

The gardens host over 30,000 roses, and while about 535 varieties have been identified, more than 2000 varieties were originally planted, both modern and heritage

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Rose News From Around The World

INDIA

Rose Festival. 40th Year and still going strong.

Rose Festival, Chandigarh is held in the famous Rose Garden at Chandigarh. This is largest Rose Show in the country. This festival is celebrated in the Rose Garden every year in the end of the month of February or during the first few days of March. The festival is organized to encourage the people to enjoy the bloom of different type of roses here

As Chandigarh’s Rose Festival this week enters its 40th year, residents throng in large numbers.

The star attractions are the millions of roses themselves, but there is also a host of activities, including competitions and cultural shows, at the festival being held at Rose Garden in upscale Sector 16 here from Feb 24 to 26.

Children would be crowned “Rose Prince” and “Rose Princess” and there will be painting and flower contests. Commercial and food stalls will be set up in the adjoining Leisure Valley in Sector 10.

In recent years, the footfall at the festival has crossed over 300,000, officials here said.

The Rose Garden has nearly 40,000 rose plants of over 800 rose species from all over the world.

The garden was set up in 1967 and was essentially the brainchild of Chandigarh’s first chief commissioner and keen horticulturist M.S. Randhawa – a man credited for giving the city millions of trees and a number of gardens and green belts.

The authorities here claim the Rose Garden, spread over nearly 30 acres, is the largest in Asia. Along with the roses, the garden also hosts trees of medicinal value.

“The Rose Festival is an important event for Chandigarh. Though the city itself is young, different generations of families have been coming in the last four decades to be part of it,” former councillor Chander Mukhi Sharma said .

The Rose Garden has been divided into 10 sections. These sections are not only for roses but also for a children’s play area, scrubs, medicinal plants, a hillock and musical fountains.

Some of the roses at the garden have been named after international and other personalities – from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and former US president John F. Kennedy to former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and M.S. Randhawa.

Some of the unusual names given to the rose varieties are: Only You, Dulhan, King’s Ransom, Hippie Girl, Love Me Tender, Careless Love, Lover’s Meeting, Delhi Prince, Oklahoma, American Heritage, Louisiana, Canadian Centenary, City of Belfast, Wild Plum and Dorothy Peach.

“We have to take care of the roses so that they are in full bloom when the festival comes. This year the winters have been excessively cold,” said Subhash, a gardener.

For a few years the name of the festival was changed to Festival of Gardens by the local administration. However, for common people, it has always remained the Rose Festival.

Hundreds of people from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh visit the city for the annual festival. They come here packed in buses, trucks and even tractor-trolleys. The festival also attracts people from other parts of the country and foreigners.

Chandigarh, which was planned and designed by French architect Le Corbusier and his team in the 1950s-60s as a symbol of a resurgent, independent India, has a total population of over one million.

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Feb 03 • 2012 • Diamond JubileePoor SoilRose GardenRose NewsStreamraised Bedstrenance gardens

ROSE NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

UK

TRENANCE ROSE GARDENS CORNWALL

TRENANCE Rose Garden in Newquay is to undergo a month-long facelift as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations – at a cost of £62,000.

Cornwall Council's neighbourhood services team will lead the overhaul, installing a new drainage system and steel gazebo at the site.

The team will also remove compacted and diseased soil, and rotten timber edges, before planting new roses.

Work is due to begin on Monday next week when the rose garden will be closed to the public.

Andy Cook, the council's environment engineer, said: "The existing rose garden is now of an age where the raised beds are becoming dilapidated and mixed roses and other planting has reached the end of their most attractive life. This is compounded by the poor soil which has become compacted in some places and is also sodden due to the proximity of the Trenance stream.

"The existing plants have been assessed and we aim to retain as many as possible.

Any plants which are not required for the new planting scheme will be given to the Newquay in Bloom Partnership."

Councillor Julian German, the council's portfolio holder for historic environment, added: "The council is committed to the provision of quality public open spaces and being able to use monies from developer contributions to support this project has been invaluable.

"Trenance Gardens have, for a long time, been an important public space for Newquay. The enhancement of the rose garden along with Trenance Cottages means that this area will be a focus for the community for a long time to come."

Councillor George Edwards, Cornwall councillor for Newquay Treloggan, said: "On behalf of the people of Newquay I would like thank our portfolio holder Julian German who met me on a site visit with senior officers.

"I was delighted when they informed me on the site visit that we had funding to spend on the gardens. I am sure that with this money we can put a splendid show on in the gardens for everyone to enjoy."

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Dec 18 • 2011 • ColoursFlowerPinkQueen ElizabethRoseRose GardenRose NewsShadedyellow

ROSE NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

INDIA

Delhi

ROSES IN WINTER  !

Queen Elizabeth 

Ever wondered that Mother Teresa, Christian Dior, Queen Elizabeth, and Jawaharlal Nehru all have one thing in common?

They have a type of rose named after them.

A winter rose show has been organized at the National Rose Garden this weekend where all such roses, along with about 50 other varieties, will be on display. The show is being organized by the Rose Society of India.

Institutes across the country have sent in roses of different colours and sizes for the competition, which has about 22 categories. - that are on display. within a big, white tent. There are roses so massive that it would be hard to fit them in both palms, and then there are the tiny ones barely an inch wide. Even the colours on display are spectacular - white with pink edges, orange and pink-shaded roses, white with speckles of yellow and pink, and beautiful coral roses, among others.

Forget the standard colours - red, pink, yellow and white - that are normally seen at flower shops, there is a multitude of different shades in single-colour roses as well - apricot, lavender, scarlet, deep pink, golden and orange. The competition also includes products made with roses, like incense, gulkand, candles, scent, candy and water.

Flower arrangements from the President's garden at Rashtrapati Bhavan, and ikebana from the Ohara School of Ikebana are also on display.

The show might just be a weekend affair, but the rose garden has about 70 different types of roses - some in full bloom, while others still in nascent stages. "The bloom has been affected as the temperatures remained high for so long but suddenly dropped from last week. While some roses bloomed suddenly with the drop in mercury, others didn't," said Dhan Singh, general secretary of The Rose Society of India.

Despite so many varieties of roses, it seems strange that there are only two or three available for retail. But Singh says that few nurseries, at least in Delhi, are breeding different kinds of roses now. "With climate change and pollution, roses don't grow very well here and nurseries cannot make much money from what grows. The cut flowers that come here are mainly grown in temperature-controlled glasshouses in Pune and Bangalore," he says.#

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Nov 26 • 2011 • All American Rose SelectionsFlowersParkPruningRosarianRose GardenRose News

Rose News From Around The World

San Jose USA 

The San Jose Municipal Rose Garden.  Six years ago, the weeds were higher than the flowers and the garden was on "rose probation." Legions of volunteers helped restore it.

Years of budget cuts and municipal neglect had taken their toll on the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, the horticultural heart of the Silicon Valley, where generations had graduated from high school, exchanged wedding vows or simply found a little bit of sweet-smelling solitude. That was 2007 and weeds had grown as high as the tree roses. Herbicide used to whack them back had instead decimated the flowers, the Double Delights and Queen Elizabeth’s.    Beds first planted during the Great Depression were cracked and dry. Do something, said the rose police (aka the Public Garden Committee of a group called All-America Rose Selections) or pay the price. To any rosarian worth his pruning shears, the threat could not be ignored. So Terry Reilly, an electron microscopist who retired at 38, and then-neighbour Beverly Rose Hopper (her real name) sprang into action. Reilly viewed the garden's rescue as nothing short of a political campaign, his role akin to a Karl Rove of the botanical set. Guerrilla marketing, robo-calls, a volunteer, Reilly figured, could save a garden dedicated to America's national flower, a bloom that's "there in times of sorrow. It's there in times of joy…. People get tattoos of roses. They don't get tattoos of petunias."

Reilly holsters his rose clippers, whips out his iPad and slides his finger across the shiny screen, showing picture after picture of a regional treasure mired in deep decline. There's the Peace rose, smuggled in from occupied France during World War II, its branches brown and bare. Dream Come True is a stunted little nightmare. Dried weeds billow over the 5 1/2-acre park like gray cotton candy. Battered by the dot-com bust and the Great Recession, San Jose has slashed its budget every year for the last decade, eliminating 2,054 positions and cutting $680 million in all. There is no relief in sight. The rose garden was an early victim of the meltdown, in such disrepair by 2007 — when only 20% of the bushes had been pruned — that its neighbours complained to their new city councilman, Pierluigi Oliverio. In his first month in office, Oliverio held a news conference in the dishevelled park, calling on the city to outsource its maintenance as a money-saving test. Neighbours cheered, unions griped and the City Council gave the proposal a thumbs-down. So Reilly and Hopper stepped in, forming Friends of the San Jose Rose Garden and adopting the park. With Oliverio's help, they persuaded the city to allow volunteers to take on duties it had largely abandoned. Reilly also contacted All-America Rose Selections, a non profit group of rose growers that accredits public rose gardens throughout the country. The organization sends judges to evaluate more than 130 gardens, 17 of them in California. Reilly wanted the evaluations as ammunition in the fight to save the garden. He was stunned when he called. "They said, 'Well, geez, you guys have been on probation for like three years,' " Reilly recounted as he strolled the garden paths. "I said, 'Are you kidding me? Send me those letters.' What had happened was those were being sent to the gardener on duty, and she was basically putting it in her pocket, not letting anyone know." Those letters, he said, were "the smoking gun." :: And so, the campaign began in earnest that September. "Free the Roses!" was the rallying cry. Reilly and Hopper leafleted their neighbourhood, beseeching supporters to weed and deadhead in an effort to spring the blossoms from probation. More than 150 people showed up, and 250 came to the January 2008 pruning, the majority promising to help on a regular basis. Reilly built a website with a PayPal function so people could donate money and indicate an interest in volunteering. He shot video of the industrious volunteers and posted it on YouTube, along with a primer on pruning that stars Hopper and has had more than 90,000 hits to date. He built a database of volunteers, plotted their addresses on Google maps and realized that the neighbourhood problem was generating a far-flung solution; volunteers were travelling for hours to help "send the roses to rehab." By spring of 2008, Reilly and Hopper were calling the army of unpaid gardeners the Master Volunteers. The corps was trained, decked out in bright green vests and deputized to garden whenever the fancy struck them. "My favourite time is in the evening, after a glass or four of wine," said Reilly. "You come on over after dinner … deadhead roses and bask in the beauty." Right before Christmas 2008, the rose garden was sprung from probation. "I have never seen involvement like this," then-rose society President Tom Carruth said at the time. The rose growers were so impressed — and so worried about the health of other public rose gardens — that they wrote up the San Jose example as a national case study. "The parks are considered extraneous expenses in times of economic stress," Carruth said recently. "Almost every public garden in the United States is undergoing that very same pressure." But as the case study pointed out, in San Jose "a dramatic turnaround was achieved and the garden was restored to its former glory." The moral of the story? If San Jose could do it, so can you. Already, gardens in Oakland and New Britain, Conn., have taken up the San Jose playbook. By May 2009, less than a year after getting off probation, the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden was chosen as a rose society test plot, one of 10 in the country where roses of the future are planted, inspected and judged before they go on the market. Eight months later, Reilly and Hopper enticed 935 volunteers out on a bone-chilling January morning for the resurrected garden's winter pruning. The gardeners whacked the 3,500 or so bushes back in about an hour and a half. They called it "pruning at 33 RPM," which in this case meant "roses per minute." But the biggest challenge to Reilly's organizing skills came in 2010, when the rose society announced its first competition for America's best rose garden. Garden supporters would vote electronically from April to July and judges would visit the finalists. Reilly set up Wi-Fi in the garden, staffed a booth with volunteers and laptops, and wandered the paths, shoving his iPad at anyone willing to vote on the spot. He printed 5,000 sandwich wrappers urging diners to vote for the garden and gave them to a local lunch spot. The once-ratty rose garden got more than double the votes of its closest competitor and was named America's Best Rose Garden a year ago. The rose society isn't planning another competition soon, but if it does, Carruth joked, "we'll have to disqualify San Jose, because their volunteer force knows how to vote like mad." :: The garden turned Reilly into a campaigner and Hopper into an advocate for an essential human need — "a place," she said, "that is free and open to all to refresh their spirit and renew their soul." And what about those volunteers, the 3,700 or so rose lovers who have collectively logged more than 31,200 hours, work that acting Parks Director Julie Edmonds-Mares said has "transformed" the garden? Late in the afternoon on a Thursday in autumn, Myles Tobin, who has logged 1,960 hours in the garden, is training the newest recruit. Harry Garcia, with 1,850 hours, saws deadwood from a vast stand of Artistry, a coral hybrid tea rose. A trickle of blood dries on his sharp cheekbone, souvenir of an errant thorn. Girija Satyanarayan has travelled nearly two hours from her home in Milpitas, switching buses in downtown San Jose. She likes to make it her routine four or five times each week. The roses, she said, "adopted me to take care of them." "In the mornings," she said, "when the sun just falls on these aromatic ones, the first whiff of scent is heady. It is just beautiful.    I come to catch that."

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